Sterling gives invited talk at SC16

Thomas Sterling
Thomas Sterling

Dr. Thomas Sterling has been invited to give one of the few invited talks at Supercomputing Conference 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 17.

Sterling, the Director of the Center for Research in Extreme Technologies (CREST) and a professor of electrical engineering at the School of Informatics and Computing, will give a presentation on high-performance computing titled “Runtime Systems Software for Future HPC: Opportunity or Distraction?” the talk will focus on some of the methods of dealing with the challenges presented by existing runtime systems and how future advances might impact the way systems are eventually run.

“Doing this presentation is a real honor and a very challenging one as well,” Sterling says. “To be included among these presentations in the field by experts in the field is a real compliment.”

Sterling’s presentation will focus on asynchronous multi-tasking through runtime system software, which has gained interest and is being explored on a global scale as a path toward effective exascale computing. Using asynchronous multi-tasking software could lead to better resource utilization, load balancing, data migration and affinity, and parallelism discovery.

“Thomas has long been a leader in his field, and being asked to present at such a prestigious conference is a great acknowledgement of his expertise,” says Raj Acharya, dean of SoIC. “His work is critical to the advancement of high performance computing, and his influence will be continue to be felt by others.”

For nearly 30 years, the Supercomputing Conference, which is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society, has been the premier international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. SoIC has been involved in the conference since being established in 2000, contributing displays to the exhibit floor every year. This year, SoIC’s booth will focus on demonstrations of emerging and revolutionary projects in computation, rapid file transfer, network scalability, and data provenance. The IU Pervasive Technology Institute (PIT) also will have a booth at the event.

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